Touching music at the Kabira festival in Banaras

Touching music with a picturesque setting in the background could be an intoxicating combination. Guests who attended the annual Kabira festival had the opportunity to immerse themselves in this beautiful mix. The morning music sessions at Guhat Ghat with the rising sun and the calm of the Ganges River, which accompanied the listeners, were a wonderful experience. Ustad Kamal Sabri (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) Ustad Kamal Sabri (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey)

Neeraj Mishra in flute Added to the serenity of the morning. He presented several rag-based compositions while vocalist Ujawal Nagar, through his performance, emphasized Kabir as a guru. Taking further the Kabirvani were Shabnam Virmani and swagath Sivakumar , which delighted the audience on the second morning of the two-day festival.

The musical evenings on the beautifully lit Shivala Ghat was again a treat for the music aficionados. A flute recital by Ajay Shankar Prasanna and Ustad Kamal Sabri on the Sarangi gave an instrumental tribute to the great poet and saint.

(L) Mooralala  Marwada (R) Ben Bowler (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Mooralala Marwada (R) Ben Bowler (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey)

A little music touching the foot marked the final night of the festival. Performances by international artists under the banner of Unity Earth, animated the night. Kristin Hoffmann in his touching voice sang among others, his popular song Re-Entry. The next to go on stage was the popular reggae singer Banton Duck , who made sure everyone danced with their numbers. His song Love O Love, Sweet Love Is The Greatest Thing made the audience sing. Then he went on to sing his popular number, New Day Dawning. This is a song for a brighter future when, the air is cleaner, there is no war and women are treated equally, said the popular singer. (L) Pt Ajay Prasanna (R) Punita Roy (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Pt Ajay Prasanna (R) Punita Roy (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey)

Kabira Café directed by Neeraj Arya was another highlight of the night. His songs like Chadariya Jheeni and Mann Laga Fakiri Mein with philosophical connotations made the audience ask for more. Raman Iyer of the band urged the audience to dance. Yeh London lag raha hai Banaras nahi, aap log dance toh kariye.

Previously, artists Om Prakash Nayak and Mooralala Marwada presented the earthy flavors of Indian folk song.

(L) Rajeev Sharma (C) Renu Singh (R) Sanjoy K Roy (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Rajeev Sharma (C) Renu Singh (R) Sanjoy K Roy (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Suhavini Singh (R) Swagath  Sivakumar  and  Shabnam Virmani  (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Suhavini Singh (R) Swagath Sivakumar and Shabnam Virmani (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Tilottama Shome (R) Ujwal Nigam (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Tilottama Shome (R) Ujwal Nigam (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Vidhi Sharma (R) Viren Solanki (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Vidhi Sharma (R) Viren Solanki (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Arundhati Nath (R) Antoinette Rootsdawtah (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Arundhati Nath (R) Antoinette Rootsdawtah (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Ashok Kapoor (R) Gayathri (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Ashok Kapoor (R) Gayathri (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Kapil Melhotra (R) Jules Elving (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Kapil Melhotra (R) Jules Elving (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Jay Shah (R) Joyanta Das (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Jay Shah (R) Joyanta Das (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Kristin Hoffmann (R) Mukund Ramaswamy (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Kristin Hoffmann (R) Mukund Ramaswamy (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey) (L) Neeraj Mishra (R) Neeraj Arya (Kabir Cafe) (BCCL/ Unmesh Pandey) (L) Neeraj Mishra (R) Neeraj Arya (Kabir Coffee) (BCCL/Unmesh Pandey)

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